WASHINGTON – NFL Players Association president Eric Winston wants the league to reconsider its initial decision and fine the St. Louis Rams for their role in the mishandling of quarterback Case Keenum’s recent concussion.
“Complete failure to adhere to the protocol,” Winston, the Cincinnati Bengals’ veteran tackle, told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.
“Show me someone that says, ‘No, the Rams did exactly the right thing.’ They didn’t. Everybody knows they didn’t. So, there has to be discipline then, right? Because when a player doesn’t do something that he’s supposed to do, he gets fined for that when it comes to health and safety.”
Rams coach Jeff Fisher has said he didn’t see Keenum struggling to get up after his head hit the turf late in a Nov. 22 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Rams’ head athletic trainer, Reggie Scott, spoke briefly on the field to Keenum, who said he was OK before officials made Scott leave the field, according to Fisher.
Keenum wasn’t examined by a team physician or the unaffiliated neurological consultant (UNC) on the sideline. The athletic trainer serving as spotter in an upstairs booth –…